Manama Club (Arabic: المنامة) is a Bahraini professional football club, founded in 1946 and based in Manama, that competes in the Bahraini Premier League, the top flight of Bahraini football.[1]

Manama Club
Logo
Full nameManama Club
Founded1946; 77 years ago (1946)
GroundBahrain National Stadium, Riffa, Bahrain
Capacity24,000
ChairmanYousif Zaman
ManagerHaitham Jatal
LeagueBahraini Premier League
2021–22Bahraini Premier League, 2nd of 10

Manama Club, formally known as Al Taj, is a well-known basketball club in the Gulf and Asia. They have two Gulf Championships, and were the first-ever Bahraini club and second-ever Gulf club to come in third place in the 2000 ABC Champions Cup. Manama Club has won over 45 titles in domestic competitions. The club is not as successful in football, however they won their first two titles, the Bahraini King's Cup and Bahraini Super Cup, in 2017. Patryk Bora, polish top player, played in this club in 2012.

Football achievementsEdit

Stadiums and facilitiesEdit

The football club currently shares the Bahrain National Stadium (capacity 35,000) with four other clubs. Regular basketball matches are played in Um Al Hassam at the Zain Basketball Arena (capacity 2,000) while playoffs are held at the Khalifa Sport City Arena (capacity 4,000). The club's training facilities for football and basketball are located in Juffair.

Other sportsEdit

Besides football and basketball, Manama Club has teams for bowling.

Continental recordEdit

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
2018 AFC Cup Group B   Al-Jaish 0–0 1–0 4th
  Al-Ahed 0–1 3–1
  Al-Zawraa 1–3 2–1
2020 AFC Cup Group A   Al-Jaish 0–0
  Al-Ahed 1–0
  Hilal Al-Quds

Basketball teamEdit

Manama Club
LeagueBahraini Premier League
Founded1946
HistoryManama Club
(1946–present)
ArenaBBA Arena
LocationManama, Bahrain
Head coachAben Abaz

Manama Club also has a professional basketball team that plays in the Bahraini Premier League and is the most decorated team in national basketball history, having won a record 21 championships,[3] 17 Cup titles,[4] and 5 Super Cup titles. Currently, Manama also plays in the West Asia Super League (WASL).[5]

Manama plays in the BBA Arena (also known as the Zain Basketball Arena).

HonoursEdit

DomesticEdit

Bahraini Premier League[3]

  • Champions (21): 1977–78, 1989–90, 1990–91, 1991–92, 1992–93, 1994–95, 1996–97, 1997–98, 1998–99, 1999–2000, 2000–01, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2003–04, 2004–05, 2005–06, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2015–16, 2016–17, 2017–18, 2021–22

Bahraini Cup[3]

  • Champions (17): 2005, 2009, 2011, 2015, 2018, 2020, 2022[4]

Bahraini Super Cup[3]

  • Champions (5): 2011, 2014, 2018, 2019

InternationalEdit

FIBA Asia Champions Cup

  • Third Place (1): 2000

Notable playersEdit

Several former National Basketball Association (NBA) players have played for Manama Club.

Head coachesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Manama Club Fans, Facebook.
  2. ^ "In Pictures: Manama claim first King's Cup title". AFC. 3 March 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d "Al-Manama – History". Asiabasket. Retrieved 10 January 2023.
  4. ^ a b "Manama crowned BBA Cup champions | THE DAILY TRIBUNE | KINGDOM OF BAHRAIN". DT News. Retrieved 10 January 2023.
  5. ^ "Al Manama at the WASL - Gulf League 2023". FIBA.basketball. Retrieved 10 January 2023.

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